Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Peanut and Pumpkin Soup



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is the easier of the two recipes I have for peanut and pumpkin soup. I love to serve this as a starter for meals that are simple and need a bit of a jolt. Most peanut soups are associated with West Africa, but French settlers in Louisiana and Southeast Asia also made peanut soups that can be memorable. The trick, of course, is to temper the peanut taste so it does not overpower other ingredients in the soup. Many folks use peanut butter to achieve this unique taste, but I prefer to use a peanut milk and curry powder to get the flavor I'm looking for. A peanut milk can be made by combing 2 parts of chicken broth with 1 part roasted peanuts and blending them until the mixture is perfectly smooth. You'll need six cups of peanut milk for this recipe. It is very easy to make and adds a perfect nutty taste to this very simple soup. I also cheat a bit with the pumpkin puree. Mine comes from a can and it works perfectly well in this recipe. The soup keeps well, but it will thicken as it stands, so you will probably have to thin it if you do not serve it immediately. Here's the recipe I use for this fairly uncommon soup.

Peanut and Pumpkin Soup...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
3 cups pumpkin puree
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup coarsely chopped red onions
2 teaspoons curry powder
6 cups peanut milk
2/3 cup fruit chutney
3 cups chicken broth

Directions:
1) Combine oil and butter in a frying pan set over medium heat. When the mixture shimmers, add red onion and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add curry powder and toss with onions until well mixed and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
2) To make peanut milk: Combine 3 cups of peanuts with 6 cups of water or broth in jar of a blender. Process until perfectly smooth. Set aside.
3) In jar of an electric blender, combine pumpkin, chutney and onion mixture. Pulse until smooth, adding peanut milk as needed to process.
4) Combine pumpkin mixture with remaining peanut milk and chicken broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes longer. Serve hot or warm. Yield: 8 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:
Thai Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Milk - Le Delicieux
Moroccan Chicken and Pumpkin Soup - Kitchen Wench
Coconut Curry and Pumpkin Soup - Flavor Diva
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Soup - Chef In You
Gingered Squash Soup - eCurry
Pumpkin-Sage Soup - Streaming Gourmet

52 comments:

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Buongiorno Mary :)
un augurio che oggi sia una buona giornata.
Myriam

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love pumpkin soup, interesting the addition of the peanut milk. I will give this a try. I don't like peanut butter because of the sticky consistency but this sounds a whole lot nicer. Diane

All Things Yummy said...

That looks delicious. I'm a huge pumpkin fan and with the addition of peanuts I must try this recipe.

Houdini said...

Peanut soup, very interesting, never even heard of before. I love pumpkin and pumpkin soups, did it with coconut milk, curry, and such. Now I saw plenty of pumpkin soup recipes in your blog, great! It's hard to wait for the harvest.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Very clever Mary! You are so full of such interesting food facts!!

Alessandra said...

This sounds very good, I have never thought of pairing pumpkin and peanuts.

jelena said...

I have never heard of such a soup, bookmarked and waiting for the pumpkin season!

Pete said...

Unique combination and looks yummy!

Jay said...

Awesome click...love to giv a try Mary..:)

Katerina said...

I have never tried a pumpkin soup. This looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing Mary!

Martha said...

What an interesting recipe. I would not have thought of this combination but all of your recipes are winners!

Foodessa said...

Mary...you got me curious again. I had never heard of peanut milk. I'm an avid user of almond milk and I think with a touch of peanut butter...I can somehow get the jist of your recipe. I love these types of flavourful soups.
Thanks for enlightening me to a new product too...will have to look for it next time ;o)

Have a wonderful day,
Claudia

Mags said...

I've never heard of peanut milk, but now I'll be on the lookout for it for sure because I really want to try this recipe.

From the Kitchen said...

This sounds like a welcome fall soup. Now we just need cooler days on which to serve it

Best,
Bonnie

Sushma Mallya said...

lovely click mary, ...and thats a yummy combo too

Sage said...

I am totally impressed because Peanut soup is a new item to add to my must try! Love pupmkin soup. Looks so tasty!

Carolyn said...

This sounds really interesting. I've never seen peanut milk, but I am guessing that like almond milk, you can probably make your own? I am saving this recipe!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Yum - this is like a lovely signal that autumn is on the way.

Pondside said...

This looks like the perfect soup to have on hand on a cold day - do you think I should give this recipe to The Great Dane as a hint for fall?

Cathy said...

What an unusual recipe, Mary. You've combined some wonderful flavors and I'm sure the result is delicious.

Claudia said...

Now this intrigues - pumpkin soup with peanut milk. Yes, I can taste it. Something new for me to explore as the nights cool.

Suman Singh said...

peanut milk, never heard of this before..sounds interesting and delicious with the pumpkin soup...yummie!

Jenn said...

This sounds (and looks) delicious. I like the idea of using the peanut milk instead of peanut butter. I have had peanut soups that are so thick and peanuty, you might as well just be spooning peanut butter in your mouth! I just need it to cool off a bit before I'm ready to make soup again :) But I can't wait to try it!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

sound delicious :)

PeggyR said...

Sounds very good Mary!

lostpastremembered said...

I've never had a peanut soup in my life... what an original idea... must give it a try when the pumpkin season starts!

The Training Table said...

Funny ... I'm never quite ready for pumpkin season ... love it, but it's not summer food, to me, so it sneak up on me. August? No thanks. September? Still too hot around here. Then all of a sudden, October, and for six months I can't get enough. Kinda like chili in that way. Cheers!

grania said...

oh, yum! this sounds amazing, i shall have to give it a try. it sounds like perfect autumnal comfort food.

Priya said...

Beautiful combo and a comforting bowl of soup..

Kelly said...

It's funny, in reading your intro I was wondering, "well what's peanut milk" and I love that you answered it for me. I adore peanuts and peanut butters in soup. I have one that I make with broccoli and carrots that is an absolute favorite.

StephenC said...

It brightens my day every time I see the beautiful forkful of color at the top of the page. This soup sounds like something my household would really enjoy. I am tempted to try to make it with dry roasted peanuts, which we always have on hand.

Kamalika said...

Looks so refreshing and comforting...loved the colour and the snap too...

Joanne said...

This is truly a soup after my own heart. Peanuts and pumpkin...my two favorite "p's".

Cheryl said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! I have had chicken peanut butter soup but this sounds much better!

Chele said...

Great combo of flavours - I owuld never of thought of using peanuts along side pumpkin.

nancy at good food matters said...

love the combination, will have to try the "peanut milk"
beautiful soup, moving into fall. and the color is a knock-out!

Jessica said...

Very interesting recipe. I was just thinking this morning...that with the cool nip in the air I felt, that soup season will be back again soon. Thanks for sharing!

redmenace said...

I absolutely adore a good soup, especially one like this with such rich and complex flavors. Another winner. Thanks, Mary!

Ana Powell said...

Great combination, you are really very creative.
Awesome work ♥

Ginny said...

I have never heard of peanut milk, perhaps it is not sold and can only be made. This would be a delicious starter! It is such a autumn looking dish!

Faith said...

This is so interesting, I had never heard of peanut milk before! What a lovely, flavorful soup!

Monet said...

What a simple and unique recipe. I've never tried a peanut or a pumpkin soup before so this is especially intriguing!

pigpigscorner said...

Wow, a very nice twist! Love the nuttiness of this.

The Blonde Duck said...

I can't wait to start making pumpkin dishes!

The Words Crafter said...

My grandmother used to cut up pumpkins for pie and the left overs she'd mix with spices and cook for breakfast. It was one of my favorite things in the whole world to eat and I miss it. She never made pumpkin soup, of any kind, though. This looks interesting.

RamblingTart said...

I've made almond milk before, but never thought to make a peanut version. How marvelous, Mary! Can't wait to try this. :-)

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

You are so clever, Mary, making your own peanut milk. And it looks easy too. Thaks for another winner.
Fondly,
Glenda

Cara said...

Peanut and pumpkin are such a fabulous combination. I make a very similar soup but with pumpkin's cousin, the butternut squash, and it's one of my favorites. Now I am totally craving it :)

Lori said...

Bookmarking this one for sure. Thank you Mary- this is a definite keeper.

Jamie said...

This is an exciting and exotic change to my regular pumpkin soup! Love the peanut flavor. Now I just have to wait until pumpkins show up at my market.

bellini valli said...

Peanut milk is new to me until now Mary. I will keep my eyes peeled.

The Fajdich Times said...

I have never heard of peanut milk....This combination sounds lovely:)

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